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Cinnamonbear - Kabalevsky "Found Suite": Message Board

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These works were collected in "Anson Introduces Kabalevsky, book two," an intermediate piano instruction book published in 1960. As I worked through the ones I liked, I discovered that, when played them one after the other in the order that they appeared in the book, they formed a very nice suite! And so, the "Found Suite." The pieces are (in order):

1. Carefree, Op. 39, No. 22
2. Cradle Song, Op. 21, No. 5, Book II
3. Toccatina, Op. 27, No. 7, Book I
4. In the Gymnasium, Op. 14, No. 5
5. Dance, Op. 27, No. 15, Book I
6. Novelette, Op. 27, No. 14, Book I
7. Prelude, Op. 5, No. 2
8. Variations in D major, Op. 40, No. 1

The piano is a 1940 Lester spinet, tuned to the Equal Beating Victorian Temperament III (EBVT III) at A443.

I have been meaning to play this "found suite" for years, and I am really excited to finally have it accomplished! Enjoy!

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Cinnamonbear 2011-09-06 08:30:35 Thank you all for your kind words! I am so glad you liked this, and the encouragement means a lot to me. I loaded a videofied version of this on to YouTube yesterday (under "AndyCinnamonbear"), and while I was there, I checked out some other performances. There were some youngsters who blew my version of the Variations away! : D

To David B., who said, "Amazing what one can find in piano instruction books!" That's how I feel, too! I can find stuff that I can handle technically, but play it from my grown-up perspective and make nice music with it! Quite a boon for a "Better Late Than Never" pianist like me! ; ) Plus, I already have an early life-time of music in my collection to choose from! : D
David Baptista 2011-09-06 07:48:32 Amazing what one can find in piano instruction books! I specially liked the Variations. Very well played!
Dara 2011-08-31 03:12:25 Wonderful expressive playing Andy. A joy to listen to your playing and these lovely pieces of Kzbelevsky. Thanks!
Carey 2011-08-30 15:29:25 Andy - I haven't heard most of these pieces in years!! You do such a great job with them - especially the Novelette, Prelude and Variations!!!! As usual, the Mighty Lester roars !! Congrats on achieving another personal milestone.
David 2011-08-23 20:48:36 Hi Andy,

I was very impressed with your "Found Suite". These pieces are very colorful and you present some fine contrasts in your selections. Your playing displays wonderful musicality--always beautiful and thoughtful, and your articulation of Kabalevsky's idiom is exacting with complete attention to detail. Excellent!

Julian (SlatterFan) 2011-08-22 17:34:36 I love these pieces and your evocative playing of them. The prelude is my favorite too. Again and again this ecital transports me and reaffirms the magic of music. Thanks!
kck 2011-08-22 10:00:24 Wonderful! Love all the colors that come out in these little works. I can tell you love these!

ROFL at Gerg's commentary. :-D
Inlanding 2011-08-21 13:19:25 Andy, thank you so much for sharing this collection that's been waiting to show itself for so long. Each work tells its own story. Your playing is so relaxed and expressive. Bravo!
wr 2011-08-21 06:13:58 What a great idea, and it works beautifully! You have a fantastic feel for this music, and it's a real pleasure listening to you playing it.
Arghhh 2011-08-20 22:51:13 I'm really impressed with how this set came out. You pay so much attention to the voicing, articulation, dynamics, phrasing, character, etc. that they are really delightful to listen to. Bravo!
Gerg 2011-08-20 18:29:18 Was it lost?

(Sorry, couldn't resist! LOL )

I love short works like this, esp. recorded as a unit like you have here.

#1 like a toddler
#2 like a toddler who's taken melatonin :-)
#3 delightful, like a moth dancing about a flame
#4 regal sound, plenty of chromatism.
#5 happy, hoppy little dance.
#6 Novel, a bit morose, Eugene Goossens-like.
#7 This prelude particularly appealed to my ear. The chromatic wandering, the complex progressions. Loved the delicate execution of those climbing chords at the end.
#8 Toy soldiers... or army men. A campaign in miniature...

Your playing - superb (as always!) Congratulations on the accomplishment of this long-time goal.